Santa Monica Date Night: Ovo Cirque du Soleil & Ocean and Vine at Loews

oVo, the latest Cirque du Soleil show in Santa Monica

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Win a date night package for Valentine’s Day which includes dinner at Ocean and Vine plus a night stay at Loews Hotel! Contest ends February 3. Tweet a pic from your night at oVo or a dineLA dinner at a participating Santa Monica restaurant with hashtag #santamonicadate to @goSantaMonica and be entered to win.

Check out all the participating dineLA restaurants in Santa Monica here.

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Cirque du Soleil returns to the Santa Monica Pier with oVo. For a great date night, park and dine at nearby Ocean and Vine restaurant at Lowes Hotel. If you show your ticket, you’ll get free parking at the hotel.

The oVo show is amazing and even a bit foodie oriented. My tip is to watch for the girls with the kiwi and corn in the first half.

No photography is allowed during the show so you’ll just have to go check out the show but expect trapeze artists, displays of human strength and beautiful costumes.  It’s centered around an egg and bug characters. This would actually be a very family and kid-friendly show to watch.

Ocean and Vine

bread with roasted repper dip

After the show, we walked back to Lowes Hotel to enjoy our dinner at Ocean and Vine which is currently doing a special menu inspired by oVo. It’s a bit similar to the dineLA menu but instead of a dessert course, you get a glass of wine. You have a choice of shiraz or chardonnay. Although I was eating seafood which Chef Keith Roberts is known for, I opted for shiraz. I firmly believe in getting what you like.

Santa Monica seafood chili

Chef Roberts is known particularly for his Santa Monica Seafood chili. Here’s his recipe.  For his oVo and dineLA menu, the chili is made with laughing bird shrimp instead of rock shrimp. I loved this dish and had a hard time not immediately stuffing myself on it. The Staub dish kept everything nice and toasty.

The other choices for the starter include a tomato basil soup, Farmers’ Market field greens salad and calamari. I noticed they also have a sushi counter for those who want sushi. We had an incredible view of the pier and the lovely neon lights from the Ferris Wheel.

salmon with lobster risotto

For the main course, my friend had the salmon with lobster risotto. I opted for the Seafarer’s stew. I just can’t get enough seafood.

seafarer's stew

The Seafarer’s stew came chock full of shrimp, mussels, clams and a ton of fish. The bread was great for dipping into the stew. The shiraz went really well with the stew, actually. The slight acidic tang married with the wine’s round notes.

fruit tarts

 

We didn’t get dessert but the chef sent out little fruit tarts for us. The kiwi reminded me of the great oVo show we just watched.

It was the perfect #santamonicadate with the gay boyfriend.

Don’t forget to tweet to win!

Win a date night package for Valentine’s Day which includes dinner at Ocean and Vine plus a night stay at Loews Hotel! Contest ends February 3. Tweet a pic from your night at oVo or a dineLA dinner at a participating Santa Monica restaurant with hashtag #santamonicadate to @goSantaMonica and be entered to win.

Check out all the participating dineLA restaurants in Santa Monica here.

oVo Cirque du Soleil at the Santa Monica Pier

Ocean and Vine  at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90407 – (310) 576-3180